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Physical activity is an important way to improve kids' health, but sports and athletics carry risks of injury. Learn how to keep children healthy, safe, and strong. Topics include health benefits of exercise, injury prevention strategies, and advice on losing weight safely.
  1. Childhood Obesity (17)
  2. Fitness Vocabulary Terms (58)
  3. Safety Equipment and Gear (4)

10 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today for Family Fitness
Dealing with obesity requires a commitment from the whole family. It will be much easier for your child to accept—maybe even embrace—changes to his eating habits and activity level if he's not going it alone. These recommendations apply to families who want to prevent obesity, too. Everyone can benefit from better nutrition and more physical...

Take the Healthy Family Quiz
Getting enough exercise and eating right are habits that start at home. Are you raising a healthy family? How do you score on a scale of overall fitness and healthy living? Take this quiz to find out.

5 Healthy Habits for Your Family
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children came up with an easy way to help your family get and stay healthy by meeting five simple goals each day. See if everyone in your family can meet these goals for fitness, nutrition, and health.

Preventing Injuries, Promoting Health
Kids can suffer from many kinds of sports injuries, including sprains, broken bones, concussions, and heat stroke. Lists risks of physical activities, which sports cause the most injuries, and how to prevent and treat the most common injuries.

Simple Kids' Stretching Exercises
Encourage your child to try some simple kids' stretching exercises after playing or exercising, or anytime muscles feel tight.

Create a Healthy Family Home
Any living space can become a healthy family home with these suggestions for encouraging wellness in your environment.

The Sleep-Obesity Connection
Lack of sleep, or disrupted sleep, can lead to obesity, and obesity can cause sleep problems. But addressing one problem may help the other.

Improve Sleep with Exercise
Regular physical activity can help both kids and adults fall asleep faster at night and feel better during the day. Kids need an hour of exercise per day. Adults should aim for 150 minutes of exercise per week

Sleeping Better for Better Family Health
Babies, kids, teens, and adults: Everyone needs sufficient, restful sleep in order to be healthy. Find out how to help everyone sleep better.

Winter Safety: Keep Kids Safe From Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Injury
Safety advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on how to keep kids safe during the winter months. Includes tips on staying warm and preventing injuries while skating, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding.

Basics of Youth Hockey Equipment
There are many different pads and guards that kids need to stay safe while playing youth ice hockey. USA Hockey requires the following safety gear for all players, at all practices and games.

Sports Physicals: What to Expect
A sports physical, or pre-participation exam (PPE), is important for every young athlete. Here's what typically happens during this appointment.

Strength Training for Kids
When done safely and with proper adult supervision, strength training for kids offers many health benefits. Learn more about how young kids can start strength training and what types of exercises are safe.

Prevent and Treat Sports Concussions
Sports concussions are a risk for any athlete, and that includes kids. There's no way to prevent all sports concussions, but you can take precautions to reduce risk. It's also critical to make sure your child gets treated adequately before he or she returns to play.

How Much Sports Practice Is Too Much?
Sports medicine physicians provide guidance on how to determine the right amount of practice for your child, and warn against early specialization in sports.

Sun Safety for Kids and Families
These sun safety tips for families from the American Academy of Pediatrics help you keep your child safe while he plays outside in the sun.

Concussion Recovery
The process of recovering from a concussion is different for every child (or teen) and every injury. But physical and cognitive rest are almost always required.

Concussions - Symptoms and Signs
If your child experiences concussions symptoms or signs, take it seriously. Kids who sustain a head injury while playing sports should stop playing immediately (even if the injury seems minor) and be evaluated by a trained health professional.

Concussions in Kids: The Invisible Injury
Brain injuries are dangerous, but hard to see and treat. Former football player Patrick Larimore talks concussions in kids and how to help them heal.

ACL Knee Injuries in Girls and Women
Female athletes face a greater risk of ACL knee injuries than men do. But girls and women can take steps to try to prevent this debilitating sports injury.

Muscle-Building Dangers
Many adolescents (both boys and girls) engage in muscle-enhancing behaviors to try to achieve an athletic ideal. But not all of the methods they try are healthy.

Road Safety for Kids and Families
As a runner, you know what safety rules to follow on the road. If your child bicycles, he needs to follow safety rules too. But what about road safety for kids and parents traveling together? Follow these guidelines.

Protect Your Kids from MRSA
MRSA infections can be spread through skin-to-skin contact and shared locker rooms and sports equipment. These infections can be hard to treat, so prevention is key.

Kids' Bike Safety Tips
Enforce these bike safety rules with your kids to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.

Playground Safety Checklist
Check home, public, and school playgrounds against this playground safety checklist before kids play. It covers surfaces, equipment, and more.

12 First Aid Skills Every Coach Needs to Know
Coaches need to have the first aid chops to treat anything from small cuts and bruises to major life-threatening emergencies. Parents and players count on the coach to know first aid and to not hesitate in the face of an emergency.

Are Trampolines Safe?
Do you have a trampoline in your backyard, or are you considering one? Find out what pediatricians recommend and whether they think trampolines are safe.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Lower your child's risk of drowning by following these important pool safety guidelines. A backyard pool requires pool safety equipment and constant supervision.

Are Insect Repellents Safe for Kids?
Kids hate being bothered by bugs when they play outside (and mosquitoes and ticks can carry dangerous diseases). But are insect repellents safe? Learn the best ways to keep insects away.

Summer Safety Guidelines for Families
Outdoor play helps kids get the physical activity they need every day, plus it's fun for the whole family. But playing outside exposes your kids to some hazards too. Know and enforce important summer safety rules to lower your family's risk of injuries and illness.

Help Active Kids Avoid Heat Stress
Kids can suffer from heat stress and other heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, during exercise in hot weather. Learn how to prevent these conditions and make sure coaches follow these guidelines too.

Eyes Ears Mouth Test
You know it's important for your child to wear a helmet every time she rides a bike, along with other critical bike safety rules. But it's also important for that bike helmet to fit properly. Here's an easy way to make sure that it does: The Eyes, Ears, and Mouth Test, from Safe Kids USA.

Summer Sports Camp Safety
Sports camps offer skill-building, physical activity, and team bonding, but campers also risk injury and illness. Learn the essential questions to ask about camp safety.

Ready to Return in Mind and Body
After a sports injury, sometimes psychological healing takes longer than expected. Is your child fully recovered?

Back to School Health and Fitness
Now's the time to jumpstart good health and fitness habits that can carry you through the school year. Add these back-to-school wellness routines to your to-do list.

National Playground Safety Week
During National Playground Safety Week, give the playgrounds you visit an extra safety inspection.

Halloween Safety Tips
Make sure your Halloween stays happy by following these Halloween safety tips, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Includes guidelines for costumes and for trick-or-treating.

Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain injuries can happen to anytime, anywhere, to anyone. During Brain Injury Awareness Month, learn about prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

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